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Employment Forecast

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to do both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, federal health legislation will expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care.

Additional demand also is expected because of new and changing tasks for medical assistants as part of the medical team. As more and more physicians’ practices switch to electronic health records (EHRs), medical assistants’ job responsibilities will continue to change. Assistants will need to become familiar with EHR computer software, including maintaining EHR security and analyzing electronic data, to improve healthcare information.

 

Medical Assisting CHart

 

Career Options

Medical Assistant: Acute Care Hospitals, Extended care, Rehabilitation, Home Health Care, Doctor's Offices, and Clinics. Students may continue their education by enrolling in the RN program which is also offered in College of Marin.

Salary

Salary levels depends on experience, additional degrees, and area of country. Medical Assistants with no prior experience may start from $13 per hour. Assistants with some experience can make from the minimum to $16.00. Fully experienced assistants can earn up to $21.00 an hour.


Medical Assisting webpage
Technical Contact: Angela Olmanson, Administrative Assistant for Health Science Department, 415.485.9319
Content Responsible:
Marshall Alameida, PhD, RN, CNS, Dean of Health Sciences